40 Unusual Websites you should Bookmark
If you’re a long time makeuseof reader, at one point or another you may have seen several of these websites before. We have covered lots of lists and round-ups and plenty of cool websites, but this one is quite different: it lists undiscovered webservices that are original, rather unique, unusual, useful, free, and must-be bookmarked type. You won’t find any collaboration, storage or ToDo service here. Enjoy!
1. BugMeNot – instantly get disposable login details for any popular website that forces you to register.
2. DailyLit – read your favorite books by email (on your PC, mobile, etc.).
3. FranceRadio – neat MP3 Search Engine that lets you Find, Play and Download favorite MP3s for FREE.
4. Google SMS – provides mobile users with a quick access (via SMS) to a wide range of practical information and tools (i.e. business listings (pizzerias, shops, etc.), weather, movie listings, driving directions, currency converter and lots more.
5. Podlinez – listen to your favorite podcasts from any phone. Just enter the RSS feed URL for the desired podcast and get a free-toll number to access it from a phone.
6. RetailMeNot – locate fresh discount coupons for thousands of web merchants and services right from your browser toolbar. Video demo.
7. SoLow – on a daily basis SoLow auctions 4 different items (iPhones, HD Screens, etc.). Anyone with a mobile/PC can participate in the auctions by placing their bids via text-messaging. The user with the lowest unique bid wins the auction.
8. TeleFlip – auto-forward your emails to your cellphone as text messages. Video demo.
9. UrbanDictionary – hilarious (and practical) 100% user-maintained dictionary where users provide and vote on definitions for urban words (slangs).
10. Yak4Ever – make free international calls from US, UK and Ireland to 50+ countries.
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11. Bitbom – schedule free text message reminders to your phone. Schedule online or using mobile. (Similar PingMe.)
12. Flurry – follow up on your emails (send, receive) and receive latest articles from favorite blogs/websites on your mobile.
13. Foonz – place group calls and send messages to multiple people for free (from your mobile or any other phone).
14. GameJump – lots of free games for mobile phones.
15. GrandCentral – single phone number for all your phones and a web-based centralized voicemail system. (Similar: YouMail, GotVoice)
16. IQzone – post your classified ad to a number of online and print classified networks directly from your mobile.
17. Jott – simple and convenient service for leaving yourself notes and ToDo reminders using your mobile.
18. Mosio – text any question from your mobile phone and shortly receive up-to 4 answers.
19. mShopper – instantly check up on the bargain deals for any product (or even order) right from your mobile phone. Video demo.
20. NoPhoneTrees – simple phone directory that lists direct human access numbers to support employees in hundreds of companies.
21. Nutsie – takes a copy of your iTunes library file and creates an online copy of your library. Access this library from PC or mobile phone.
22. Google SendToPhone – forward anything you find on the web (maps, address, text, etc.) to any mobile phone for free (US only).
23. Qipit – take quick document pictures and turn them into properly formatted PDFs. Save online, email, or fax documents right from mobile.
24. Soonr – handy application that lets you access your PC remotely using your mobile or any other PC (work, school, etc.). Video demo.
25. TelePixie – quickly schedule and receive daily (or one time) wake up phone calls, reminders, weather forecast calls, jokes, and more.
26. TellMe – free local directory service for business listings (Car Repair Shops, Pizzerias, Restaurants, etc.), maps, and directions.
27. PhoneZoo – convert your MP3s to custom-length ringtones and forward them to your phone. Plus 1000s of free ringtones from other users.
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28. BossBitching – fun and active community where people can bit*h about their bosses anonymously.
29. eSnailer – send free postal mail letters (to anywhere in the US) right from the desktop. From Canada? Check out EasyPost.
30. Yapta – get a refund (or credit) from the airlines on a purchased ticket in case its price drops.
31. ListenToaMovie – lets you ‘listen to a movie’, i.e. stream the audio part of various movies and some TV-shows.
32. OpenDNS – provides a safer, faster, smarter and more reliable way to navigate the Internet. More details + video demo.
33. PodioBooks – search, subscribe and browse through a variety of totally free audio books (100% legal).
34. PriceProtectr – tracks the price of items you bought online and notifies in case of price-drops, so you can request a refund.
35. RateMyDrawings – excellent place to draw, share your drawing creations, learn to draw, and watch other people drawing. Video demo
36. SwitchPlanet – cool and active marketplace where you can switch (or trade) used DVDs, CDs, Video Games and Books. Video demos.
37. Scribd- search, browse, rate, share various types of documents (jokes, facts, stories etc.). It’s like Youtube for text documents.
38. ViaTalkfree.com – make up-to 10 minutes long free phone calls to anywhere in the US and Canada. You don’t even need to sign-up.
39. VideoSift .com– popular Digg-like voting community for user-submitted videos.
40. Wordie.org – make lists of words (words you love, words you
share them with others.
1. beFunky – Awesome web app that turns images to cartoonized paintings and videos to cartoons.
2. DisplayWars – Incredibly simple tool that helps lots of people. Want to buy a new screen? DisaplyWars lets you compare screen sizes by mapping one display size on top of the other. For smaller items see SizeEasy.
3. DocSyncer – Synchronize office documents in your ‘My Documents’ folder with Google Docs account.
4. JotYou – By using this service you can send messages to others so they get them only when they are in the area you specify. [Video]
5. Keybr – Online keyboard to practice your touch typing skills.
6. Mint – The simplest way to manage your finances. More about Mint.
7. Numbr – Free disposable phone numbers.
8. PDFHammer – Merge, edit and rearrange PDF documents online.
9. PhoneSpell – Ever wondered if you phone number spells something memorable ? PhoneSpell will find it out.
10. SecondRotation / BuyMyTronics – Want to cash in on your old iPod ? Or mobile phone ? Both of these services will buy your old (broken) gadget, regardless of its condition.
11. BeamIt – Send pictures, music, videos, docs or any other file to your cellphone.
12. BooksInMyPhone – Download and read copyright-free books on a mobile phone. Comes with its own book reader.
13. CallTheFuture – Schedule text messages and get them delivered (as a voicemail) on any desired date in the future.
14. CameraSummary – Extracts so called EXIF data from the images. Shows what model of digicam was used, image creation date and time, resolution settings, location and so on.
15. CanYouRunIt – One-click web app that inspects your PC’s hardware and software settings to determine whether or not it meets gaming requirements for a game of your choice.
16. CellSwapper – Transfer your current mobile contract to someone else. Or get a free plan with only a short term contract.
17. CivilAnswers – Free legal assistance.
18. ControlC – This small cross-platform (Win, Mac, Linux) monitors your clipboard and saves everything online.
19. Definr – Incredibly fast online dictionary. It takes abt 14 ms to lookup a word.
20. Drop.io – By far the coolest service for private file collaboration and transfers. Add files by email, send voice messages from phone, etc.
21. File-Destructor 2 – Generates files (Doc, PDF, … ) that look genuine but won’t launch properly. Basically, it’s a tool that helps you put all the blame on your “faulty computer”.
22. File-encryptor – Secure encryption tool to freely encrypt/decrypt sensitive files online. Quite handy for sending over sensitive files.
23. FlashPhone – Free flash-based SIP-softphone. Simply add your SIP account and you’re good to go. No need to install anything.
24. Google Mobilizer – Makes your fav. websites mobile friendly. Must-have for your mobile bookmarks.
25. GetMyFBIfile – Here you can generate letter templates that you can use to request for a free copy of your FBI file.
26. LetterMeLater – Offers one feature that your email doesn’t have, ‘the ability to schedule when an email should be sent’. Coolest part about, you can use it directly from your email program (GMail, Outlook, etc.).
27. Mailbucket – Finally, a tool to help you forward emails to your feedreader.
28. Mobical – Over-the-air mobilebackup and restore service. Backup phone contacts, calendar, bookmarks and settings.
29. MoDazzle – Access Facebook, LinkedIn and dozens of other web services (weather, stock quotes, etc.) via email or mobile text messaging. Update Facebook ’status’, get un-read messages from Facebook inbox, get someone’s profile info from LinkedIn, and lots more.
30. Nanoscan – Super fast yet compehensive online virus scanner.
31. OhDon’tForget – It does only one thing, but does it really well: Schedule text message reminders to any phone.
32. ProQuo – Reduce junk mail by removing your personal data from telemarketing lists.
33. PPCalc – Comprehensive Paypal fees calculator.
34. Rondee – Fast, easy and free way to arrange phone conference calls with as many people as you want.
35. SpokenText – Convert PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, ,RSS news feeds, emails and web pages to speech.
36. Sullr – Obtain information about telephone lines in reverse mode. Get address, location, owner’s name etc.
37. WakerUpper – Schedule wake-up phone calls. Lots of useful features.
38. WebMarkers – Adds additional option to your ‘Print’ menu that lets you print documents (or webpages) directly to the web. [Screenshot]
39. WhatShouldIReadNext – Book recommendation service. Simply enter the author and title of your latest book and it will give you a list of recommended readings.
40. WorldTaxiMeter – Calculate the cost of a taxi ride in a number of top cities worldwide (London, New York, Rome …). Accessible both from the web and mobile phone.